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Is ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD) a buy, sell, or hold? Prominent investors are taking a bullish view. The number of long hedge fund positions rose by 3 lately. ACAD was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 25 hedge funds in our database with ACAD positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ:BRKR), Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD), and Healthcare Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:HR) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s take a glance at the latest action regarding ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD).
How have hedgies been trading ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 12% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Baker Bros. Advisors, managed by Julian Baker and Felix Baker, holds the largest position in ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD). Baker Bros. Advisors has a $821.3 million position in the stock, comprising 7.5% of its 13F portfolio. On Baker Bros. Advisors’ heels is Point72 Asset Management, led by Steve Cohen, holding a $65.9 million position; 0.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish encompass William Leland Edwards’ Palo Alto Investors, Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin’s Senator Investment Group and Behzad Aghazadeh’s venBio Select Advisor.